LibriVox recording of THE HISTORY OF STANDARD OIL: VOLUME 1, by IDA TARBELL. Read by Tom Weiss.
The History of the Standard Oil Company is a book written by journalist Ida Tarbell in 1904. It was an exposé of the Standard Oil Company, run at that time by oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller the richest figure in America's history. Originally serialized in 19 parts in McClure's magazine, the book was a seminal example of muckraking, and inspired many other journalists to write about trusts, large businesses that (in the absence of strong antitrust law in the 19th century) attempted to gain monopolies in various industries. The History of the Standard Oil Company was credited with hastening the breakup of Standard Oil, which came about in 1911. (Summary by Wikipedia)
Note: This reading does not include any of the 36 Appendices.
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May 29, 2014 Subject:
An excellent expose of how a corporation acquires monopoly power and uses it to dominate the market, law and politics. The audio book is long, but very well read. I listen to the recording at a slightly faster pace.
January 29, 2014 Subject:
Great recording. Maybe... too great. Are you in the secret employ of the Standard Tom? Thanks for your work on this. I am looking forward to Part 2.